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Jan. 21, 1998

Sliwa Leads Villanova Past Red Storm

In women's basketball action at The Pavilion, the Villanova Wildcats routed the St. John's Red Storm by a score of 71-40. Villanova, who has won five of its last six, improves to 12-5 overall and 6-3 in Big East play, while St. John's falls to 4-13 overall and 2-7 in conference action.

The Wildcats came out on fire, as junior forward Jenn Sliwa scored 10 of Villanova's 15 points to help the Cats take an early 15-4 advantage. Villanova would open its lead to 27-6 at the 10:20 mark of the first half.

St. John's would battle back by outscoring Villanova, 10-2, over the next three minutes and cut the Wildcat advantage to 29-16 with 6:53 to play until halftime. Villanova would finish the half with a 35-24 lead at intermission.

Villanova was paced in the first half by Sliwa who was seven-of-eight from the floor for 17 points and senior Jenny Higgins who nailed three first half three-pointers en route to 10 points. St. John's was led in the first stanza by junior Andrijana Bedalov who scored 11 points.

The Wildcats put the game away over the first 10 minutes of the second half, by outscoring the Red Storm, 21-4, to take a commanding 56-28 lead with 11:57 to play in the game. Villanova's lead would get as big as 65-32 with 4:36 on the clock.

For the game, Villanova shot 50 percent from the floor including an impressive 10-for-23 from three-point range. The Wildcats also played outstanding defense, holding St. John's to 39 percent shooting from the field and no three-point field goals.

Villanova was led by Sliwa who tied a career-high with 21 points on eight-of-10 shooting from the field, including a three-of-five effort from behind the arc. Higgins finished the game with 17 points, while junior point guard Shanette Lee was sensational with 12 points (four-of-four from the field), eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and just one turnover.

St. John's was paced by Bedalov who had 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.